The damn Yankees bested the Jays again. Circle the days May 23 to May 25 because that’s when the Jays once again get to try to knock down the “evil empire”. When that series comes, their will naturally will be questions but lets review the answers this past series gave us.
QUESTION: How do you get Encarnacion & Rivera in the lineup without killing the defense?
ANSWER: You late inning swap them with McCoy & Patterson.
NEW QUESTION FOR ANYBODY READING THIS: Why would bench Patterson for the whole Yankee series after he went 7-16 in Texas? The only comment I have is that he is being somewhat sacrificed to bring along David Cooper but seriously, why not ride a hot hand?
QUESTION: Can Rajai Davis, fresh off the DL, find his groove immediately?
ANSWER: Yip!! 4-11 2 walks, 5 Stolen Bases
QUESTION: Can Adam Lind stay hot?
ANSWER: Yip!! 5-11 HR 2 RBI
QUESTION: Who learned more, Drabek about the Yanks or the Yanks about Drabek?
ANSWER: In what will only make Drabek a better pitcher, the Yankees taught the young man a lesson.
See more positives than negatives!!
Digestable stats from the batters box:
a) Jays had 26 hits, 9 for extras THIS IS GOOD
b) Jays had 9 steals, caught twice, picked off once
c) Jays went 1-25 w/ RISP THIS IS VERY BAD
d) Jays coaxed 13 walks (one less than they surrendered) but whiffed 21 times
Digestable stats from the mound:
a) Jays starters line 14.1 IP 12 R 9 W 16 K
b) Jays bullpen line 10.2 IP 1 R 5 W 8 K JUST SHORT OF AMAZING
Swing factors going into Tampa Bay:
A) PITCHING –
The Jays send the exact same three pitchers out to the mound this series as they did the first series facing Tampa.
Reyes went 7IP giving up 4 runs, he only walked 1 batter while striking out 6. Not an ace material outing but overall a good performance but he is coming off that terrible game in Texas. The same question goes to Reyes that went to Drabek, did he learn more about the Rays or did the Rays learn more about him?
Morrow had his first start of the season versus the Rays and was dominant with 10K’s but had to pulled after only 5.1 IP. Can he re-assert that dominance in Tropicana?
Romero had the definition of a hard luck loss. 7 IP only 2 runs against only 1 walk struck out 10 BUT lost 2-0.
Now for the best part the pitching matchups this week – –
NO DAVID PRICE, NO JAMES SHIELDS
No disrespect to Davis and Nieman but this Jays fan is smiling ear to ear that his team avoids two pitchers that flatly baffled them just 2 short weeks ago.
B) TEAM OFFENSE
Last series vs Tampa Bay, the trio of Jose Bautista, Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion went 7-12. The REST of the team went 2-26
The evil stare is directed at Yunel Escobar (8-42 .190 the last 10 games), and JP Arencibia (8-38 .212 his last 10 games).
I am also hoping whoever dresses and plays second base can contribute more than the woeful 1 for 12 that position chipped in versus the Yankees.
A Jays sweep in this series would put the team in 2nd place!!
Yip, I went there!!